Montagne d’Ambre National Park – Consisting of the volcanic massif and forest, the park was created in 1958 by the French colonial government and is a popular area with broad trails as well as interesting fauna and flora.
Ankara National Park – A popular reserve south of Antsiranana and consists of a small limestone massif, an ‘island’ of tsingy (limestone pinnacles) and forest. The reserve is known for its many lemur and bird species.
Nosy Be Archipelago – Situated off the northwest coast, consisting of some of the region’s finest beaches. Known as the ‘perfume island’ due to the dominant scent of Ylang-ylang blossoms, Nosy Be is the ideal getaway for a luxury beach holiday. No visit is complete without a visit to two islands which are part of this Archipelago: Nosy Komba, whose main attraction is the black Lemur as well as the marine National Park of Nosy Tanikely known for its bird watching and snorkelling.
Ile Sainte Marie – An island off the east coast of Madagascar that consists of lush vegetation intermingled with many small villages and exquisite beaches. The orchids are at their peak in September and hump-backed whales migrate here between July and October.
Fort Dauphin – Has an eye catching feature of shipwrecks in the bay. It is a lively town with a vibrant nightlife and a variety of restaurants, many offering delectable seafood dishes. The town is also the gateway to the bizarre spiny desert.
The Spiny Desert – A globally distinctive eco region with 95% of the plant species endemic to this region. It is also home to six species of primates, including the charismatic Ring-tailed lemur or Maki, Verreaux’s sifaka and the regionally endemic Microcebus griseorufus.
Isalo National Park – Large eroded sandstone outcrops protrude from the relatively flat landscape in architectural formations. A visit to Monkey Canyon is recommended.
Baobab Alley – Famous Baobab alley near Morondava, is where you will see some of the world’s tallest Baobab Trees. There are 7 species of baobabs, some more than 1000 years old.
Antananarivo – Also known as ‘Tana”, is situated in the Central Highlands and is the Malagasy capital. Much of the city can only be described as medieval. Places of interest here include the markets, museum, botanical gardens as well as a selection of restaurants and night-life.
Handicraft Markets – Most noteworthy items include the embroidery, basketry, woodcarving, minerals, leatherwork and Antaimoro handmade paper embedded with flowers.
Lemurs Park – No visit to Madagascar is complete without spotting some lemurs, so Lemurs Park in Antananarivo is great for those on a quick trip who are unable to see them in their natural habitat.